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Bosch 6-1/2 Circular Saw + Free 4 Ah battery and charger for $119 at Lowes

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Lowes has Bosch 6-1/2 Circular Saw with Free 4 Ah battery and charger for $119.

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I am debating between this and the $129 Dewalt 6-1/2. Any thoughts or recommendations on which saw is better? Thanks.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-18...oe/3580564
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This is part of their June Pro Ad.
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Dewalt because of the ecosystem
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Bosch because of the ecosystem and quality. This is a great saw.
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I do not see battery and charger included
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does dewalt 6-1/2 have free battery?
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which saw is better?
The one that survives multiple falls from roof line
If it will not see this use ...unlikely for you
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Now, any deals on 6-1/2" blades?
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I've had the bosch for about 6 months and its OK, but the cheap plastic guard doesn't work very well, I always seem to have to hold it back manually. It also seems harder to see my cut as I'm sawing than my other corded skil saw. It has just enough power for most things, but for ripping treated lumber my corded does much better. Being cordless is very handy though, I reach for it much more often because of it.

I have a bunch of bosch stuff and its OK but their engineering is not great, for example the screw for the rip guide ( you have to buy both separately , but the guide from my skil fit ) doesn't have anything to hold it in while the guide is out so you either have to take the screw all the way out, or I use an old jigsaw blade and screw it down, otherwise it vibrates loose and you lose it.
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I do not see battery and charger included
Add it to cart and battery is added automatically
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Trying to decide between a cordless saw (this/dewalt) and a corded one. Any suggestions? Not a regular user, I have B&D 20v batteries, but their cordless saw has not-so-great reviews...
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Great saw, grea t price. I've owned it for years and I have the 4.0 battery too. Lasts a long time. No 18v cordless is great for ripping a board. Crosscuts, absolutely no problem.
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Trying to decide between a cordless saw (this/dewalt) and a corded one. Any suggestions? Not a regular user, I have B&D 20v batteries, but their cordless saw has not-so-great reviews...
This depends on your use, two schools of thought:

1) You have other woodworking tools (contractor table saw or larger, miter saw of some kind) - this means the circular saw will be used for breaking down sheet goods and 'on the go' for non-shop related projects. In this case, the battery version is preferred - pick it up off the shelf, pop a battery in it, make two cuts, put it back.Obviously it's better if the battery is on your preferred ecosystem.

2) You're just beginning or don't plan on owning other tools. Your saw will see more than just 4-5 cuts at a time, and it might be the primary way you cut. Spend less money and you can get a nice plug-in version with a magnesium shoe (a must, makes it light), a brake (useful, but overrated IMO, mine doesn't have one, and with the blade guard I just rest it on the floor while it comes to a stop. Also, plug-ins come with right-blade saws (much preferred for a right-hander, IMO, the dust doesn't shoot in your face like a left-blade does).

That said, I'm the guy in 1) and I'm on the Bosch 18V system. I don't recommend that ecosystem - tools are excellent, but individual tools are overpriced, the multi-tool kits rarely go on sale, and the number of accessories pale in comparison to Dewalt / Ryobi, ESPECIALLY the ones in inventory at your local HD/Lowes.

I would buy this saw if it wasn't a stupid left-blade. As soon as you buy a saw, buy a sheet of 1/2" MDF and make one 8' and one 5' ripping jig - poor man's track saw. No tool in my shop is older or has seen more use for sheet goods. Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwcOKX7PaRg&t=2s
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Trying to decide between a cordless saw (this/dewalt) and a corded one. Any suggestions? Not a regular user, I have B&D 20v batteries, but their cordless saw has not-so-great reviews...
If you can afford cordless, definitely go that route. Corded is cheaper, but not convenient. You might think you'll never need cordless, until that one time you suddenly do and you're stuck if your tools are corded. I bought a few corded early on and used them once or twice....now they have all been replaced by cordless and i can barely give away the corded ones.

As for Dewalt vs Bosch, I have only used Dewalt, but can say that I absolutely love my Dewalt tools. Plus, they almost always have the tool I need in 20v versions, so I can't see Dewalt ever being a bad choice.
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Trying to decide between a cordless saw (this/dewalt) and a corded one. Any suggestions? Not a regular user, I have B&D 20v batteries, but their cordless saw has not-so-great reviews...
If I was only going to own one saw, then I'd want a 7 1/4" corded one for the power and value. But only You can decide which saw is best for YOUR particular use.

btw, I'm not knocking this Bosch. I've had one for awhile now and like it.
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